FRANKLY SPEAKING: Tuesday Recruiting Notes

Get the latest detailed developments on Penn State football's recruiting efforts from FOS Recruiting Analyst Greg Pickel.

Eight days is all that separates Penn State from inking its class of 2014, and as we noted earlier Monday, just two spots remain for the Lions to fill in this cycle.

Tonight's notebook will be broken up a bit, but should cover any questions you guys have. If not, fire away.


Who's Left?

There isn't a question that James Franklin and his staff have pinpointed prospects across the country to fill their final two spots. But as of early Tuesday, only two of them have been identified, and I've expounded on them below.

I hope to add to this later Tuesday, but here's what we got for the time being.

1. S Lamont Simmons, Jacksonville (Fla.) William M. Raines:

We're watching Simmons because he's still slated to have an official to Penn State this weekend. He did not respond when I attempted to verify that visit was still on the table. He did not commit following last weekend's official visit to USC, but according to Scout's Greg Biggins, the Trojans will have an in-home with him Tuesday. If he still doesn't commit, and he confirms he's coming to University Park, I'll very much put him in play to be landed. Until then, though, I think State is on the outside looking in.

2. CB Amani Oruwariye, Tampa (Fla.) Gaither:

A prospect with a last name that I could not spell when we first learned of his Penn State interest, Oruwariye has been very much a topic of discussion and a name to watch. He did not commit following his official visit, and when reached via text tonight, did not comment on the visit when asked. He did comment on a timetable for a decision, writing: "Whenever I get the place I want to be at, then I will commit. I don't know about waiting until National Signing Day." I'm at the point where I agree with most of you, that agreement being that Penn State is where he wants to be, but it may not be ready to take him yet. We'll continue our wait and see with him Tuesday and try to glean more.


Big Kick

In essence, that's what it could come down to for the starting kicking job in Dublin, Ireland Aug. 31.

With the addition of Miami kicker Jorge Powell as a preferred walk-on Saturday, Penn State will enter the 2014 season with returning starter Sam Ficken, Athens (Pa.) 2014 walk-on Troy Stivason, Powell, all before we mention New Jersey 2013 walk-on Chris Gulla.

If it seems like a lot, one more could be on the way. I spoke with Hummelstown (Pa.) Lower Dauphin kicker Joey Julius Monday, and the soccer phenom has opted to pursue football over soccer in college, and plans to visit Saturday. Charles Huff will visit him Friday, and I think the Lions have a...


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